With Dak Prescott sidelined for at least a month due to a thumb injury, the Cowboys will have to rely on backup Cooper Rush to lead the offensive in Week Two against the Bengals.
Dallas’ decision to look for a solution internally appears to reflect the confidence they have in Rush, the six-year veteran who made his debut last season in his 10th career appearance. For most people, the change is seen as a rating downgrade, but in Phil Simms’ estimation, the Cowboys may not actually see a big move after poor week 1.
Appear in the latest version of Inside the NFLSimms shared his thoughts on Rush’s intervention under center and how he feels there won’t be a “significant drop” while Prescott recovers.
“Cooper Rush has a good arm. Dribbling to Rush’s 325-yard, two-goal, one-effort interfered in the Vikings’ Week 8 win last season with Prescott out,” said Sims.
As expected, Simms’ comments drew a resounding disapproval from fellow committee members, given Prescott’s Pro-Bowl resume and Rush’s status as a journeyman. Sims has also managed to anger veteran full-back Richard Sherman. The free agent took to social media Friday to let Simms know he believes a simple QB change is not the answer to success.
“So they are going to work harder to protect the backup than they did big money QB? OK. Not much takedown?!!!Oh my God,” Sherman chirp.
Just as Sherman questioned Sims on Twitter, Julian Edelman told him what he thought of the improbable comparison.
Who is Cooper Rush? “They’re done,” asked Edelman, before shouting.
Sims, who has remained firm in his stance, made clear what he expects to happen on Sunday and in the coming weeks.
“Changing the quarterback will bring new life and they know they have to protect him and play differently and play better and look for the Dallas attack to take it now away from Cooper Rush, turn the football around and make him a little player rather than the primary focus,” he said.
Could Rush end up being the spark plug Simms envisioned? We just have to wait until Sunday to see if the Cowboys sink or swim at AT&T Stadium as the AFC champions arrive in town.
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